AWI Short Film Competition

Esther & Sai

The night before their first day of nursing school in 1976, two female immigrants to Vancouver face unbearable homesickness.

Content heads up: racism

Director: Rosie Pidcock

Rosie is an actor and filmmaker based on Unceded Coast Salish Territories. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and a Diploma in Acting from Vancouver Film School. She produced, directed and starred in the webseries “Thank You For Ghosting” and the short film “Chime Me Again”. She recently starred in Spectral Theatre’s production of “counterFACTUAL” at the Vancouver Fringe Festival 2020, and “Attachments” at Rumble Theatre’s Tremors Festival 2020. She is currently post-producing the The Fetishization of One Victor Mohdee, a short film that explores contemporary Black male identity and sexual fetishization through the lens of a relationship. Half-Chinese and fluent in Mandarin, Rosie’s dream is to shoot and star in a feature film in China’s beautiful Southwestern Province of Yunnan. A passionate environmentalist, Rosie also volunteers her time with the youth non-profit Student Energy where she serves as both Board Secretary and a Member of the Intersectional Equity Committee. Rosie is thrilled to be part of Voices With Impact 2021 with her short film Esther & Sai, a tender portrait of two immigrant women who meet at a Canadian nursing school in 1976. Esther & Sai is based on the real life story and mental health struggles of Rosie’s Mother Sai and Sai’s best friend Esther.